Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Program Details

Our online Associate Degree program consists of 4 semesters. Your classes will cover Introduction to Technical Drawings, Fundamentals of Electricity, Electrical/Electronic Measurements, Drafting Electrical and Electronic Schematics, and more.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The overall program goal for the A.S. in Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance Technology Degree is to prepare students to enter positions in which they'll help design, troubleshoot, and maintain electrical and electronic equipment.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...

  • Recognize the work habits and characteristics that are demonstrated by successful technicians, including the codes and standards that technicians must know
  • Read and interpret various types of technical drawings, including those used in electrical/electronics applications, and understand the basics of computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Develop schematics, line drawings, and panel prints used for the design, manufacture, and maintenance of electrical and electronics systems
  • Identify the basic concepts, terminology, and applications relating to electricity, including the components and operation of electrical systems
  • Recognize the components and applications of circuits, and list how to troubleshoot circuits
  • Identify the basic concepts, terminology, and applications relating to electronics, including the components and operation of electronic systems
  • Explain how to test and diagnose electrical and electronic equipment using measuring and diagnostic devices, such as multimeters and oscilloscopes
  • Describe the operation of transformers, and identify various types, including single- and three-phase transformers
  • Identify electrical-system installation and design processes, and evaluate sample installations to ensure code compliance
  • Identify various types of electric motors and describe how they are controlled; list the steps to use when troubleshooting electric motors and controllers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the hands-on, technical skills employed by electrical and electronics technicians in a laboratory setting, including the topics of measurements, circuitry, transformers, and motors

Semester 1


All degree applicants are required to complete two Basic Skills Assessments, one in reading and one in math, to determine the level of readiness for beginning their selected program. Additional studies may be required.

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program, and learn the basics of engineering technology.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
  • Use a scientific calculator.
  • Learn about the development of engineering and engineering technology.
  • Understand technical mathematics.


  • Learn the basic math skills you’ll need to succeed in your program.
  • Practice math functions using real-life examples.
  • Use the metric system and formulas.


  • Review basic grammar.
  • Use action verbs.
  • Learn how to construct paragraphs.

This course will allow you to build your computer skills through a combination of reading and hands-on practice. You will navigate popular software tools such as Windows® and Microsoft® Office.


  • Create, edit, and illustrate Microsoft® Word™ documents
  • Apply formulas and functions to large data sets in Microsoft® Excel®
  • Incorporate useful charts and graphs to summarize data
  • Add, delete, sort, and lay out table data
  • Create presentations in Microsoft® PowerPoint® using advanced tools, tables, and charts


  • Read and interpret technical drawings.
  • Interpret symbols and abbreviations.
  • Apply dimensioning and tolerancing to actual print reading.
  • Get an overview of computer-aided drawing and its role in modern technology.


  • Define the physical universe as you know it.
  • Get the foundation you need to understand chemistry, physics, and earth and space sciences.

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 2



  • Learn about the nature of electricity.
  • Study DC and AC principles, generators, components, and currents.
  • Discover electric cells, batteries, electrical language, and hardware.
  • Identify alternating current and types of electric circuits.


  • Draft using AutoCAD.®
  • Learn computer-aided drafting and design systems.
  • Use AutoCAD® menus and features.
  • Create files and entities.
  • Organize and annotate drawings.
  • Modify displays.


  • Study electronic components and basic electronic circuits.
  • Learn about semiconductor switching devices and switching and connection devices.
  • Discover amplifiers and oscillators.
  • Explore modulation and detection circuits, logic circuits, and pulse digital circuits.

Study basic algebraic concepts. Review the systems of equations, polynomials, and radicals. Learn how to factor polynomial expressions and simplify rational expressions.


  • Explain basic algebraic concepts
  • Solve and graph linear equations and inequalities
  • Analyze relations, functionality, and systems of linear equations
  • Prepare algebraic operations on polynomial and rational expressions and equations
  • Solve problems involving radicals and complex numbers

Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Intermediate Algebra

Get the skills and techniques you need to develop, draft, and revise college-level essays


  • Identify your purpose and audience. Read actively and critically.
  • Edit for standard written conventions.
  • Submit three essays (process analysis, classification and division, and argumentation) and a course journal.

Additional Course Material
Textbook: Successful College Writing


You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 3



  • Get the fundamentals about transformers.
  • Check checking simple circuits.
  • Troubleshoot using basic meters.
  • Learn how a voltmeter and an ammeter work.
  • Use AC measuring instruments, multipurpose test instruments, oscilloscopes, component testers, and digital test equipment.


  • Gain in-depth knowledge of electronic systems, electronic devices, and amplifications.
  • Study audio and r-f circuits, oscillators, feedback, electronic power supply systems, industrial receivers, transmitters, video systems, servo and control systems, and pulse and logic circuits.
  • Troubleshoot electronic equipment and systems using logical troubleshooting methods.
  • Learn measuring techniques.
  • Interpret data and results.


  • Learn about exponential and logarithmic functions.
  • Understand trigonometric functions and analytical trigonometry.
  • Explore systems of equations.
  • Read about inequalities.
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SSC125-Introduction to Sociology


  • Study deviance, crime, and social control
  • Analyze the effects of stratification, racial and ethnic inequality, sex, gender, and sexuality.
  • Assess the roles of health, family, education, and religion in sociology.
  • Examine the impact of politics, the economy, social movements, technology, and other contributors to social change.

SSC130 - Essentials of Psychology
This course will introduce you to the relationship between biology and behavior. You will learn about human development throughout the life span.


  • Identify major psychological theories.
  • Discuss consciousness, memory, thought, and language.
  • Define intelligence, personality, and stress.
  • Analyze the role of gender in psychology.
  • Explain how community influences behavior.

BUS121-Economics 1


  • Explain the economic systems and the economic perspective
  • Identify the key factors in macroeconomics and how economists study the economy as a whole
  • Explain the macroeconomic models and fiscal policies
  • Explain money, banking, and financial policy
  • Explain extending analysis of aggregate supply, current issues in theory and policy, and international economics
  • Analyze foreign exchange and investment and the effects each nation’s economy has on another nation’s economy

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 4

Students are presented with a broad introduction into 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional Computer-Aided Design (CAD) focused on electrical/electronics - specific applications. Students will use AutoCad® in hands-on exercises, assignments, and projects.


  • Demonstrate how to create an AutoCAD Electrical workspace, save and close files, and exit the program
  • Utilize editing features for schematics, drawing attributes, ladders, circuits, blocks, and the electrical audit
  • Create panel layouts from a schematic list
  • Create terminals, jumpers, blocks, and symbols using several AutoCAD Electrical techniques
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EET214-Interpreting the National Electrical Code® (3 credits)


  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of the National Electrical Code.®
  • Get in-depth coverage for all of the essential elements of the code including terminology, structure, and specific applications and interpretations.
  • Study conductor fill, load, and voltage drop calculations.
  • Learn GFCI requirements, grounding rules, and wiring requirements for hazardous locations.
  • Learn code variables based on single-family and multi-family classifications and residential and commercial classifications.
  • Study code requirements specific to health-care facilities.

EET215-Process Technology (3 credits)


  • Identify process control techniques in the energy, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries
  • Identify process control techniques in the food, water treatment, and paper industries
  • Explain basic process control theory and concepts
  • Describe process control procedures involving pumps, compressors, and vessels
  • Describe process control procedures involving electrical and mechanical equipment
  • Explain how to use instrumentation in process control systems

EET210-Electric Motors and Control (3 credits)


  • Discover the principles of generator and motor operation, induction motors and synchronous motors, and motor control systems.
  • Learn about performance and speed control.
  • Study solid-state drive systems.
  • Use SCRs as AC to DC converters.
  • Install and maintain drive systems.

EET216-Electrical Installations (3 credits)

  • Learn how electricity is generated and distributed. Evaluate industrial electrical system requirements and specify the correct equipment and conductor type and capacity for electrical systems. 

EET221-Pulse Circuits (3 credits)

  • Understand pulse circuits and pulse techniques, generators, timing and synchronization. Learn how to troubleshoot pulse circuits.

EET235-Digital Electronics (3 credits)

  • Explore number and logic systems. Learn the essentials of Boolean algebra. Study D/A and A/D conversions. Apply these concepts to modern circuit designs.

IET232-Programmable Logic Controllers (3 credits)

  • Study programmable controllers found in motor-control and other industrial systems. Identify the role of computers in telecommunications systems. Get a basic introduction to common computer network installations.
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HUM102 - Art Appreciation


  • Define the language, visual elements, and principles of design of art
  • Identify two-dimensional media
  • Identify three-dimensional media
  • Explain the evolution of art from ancient Mediterranean cultures through eighteenth century Europe
  • Identify features and popular examples of art throughout the history of African, Asian, Pacific, and American cultures
  • Compare the genres of the Modern and Postmodern eras of art from around the world

Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Living with Art, 11th Edition


HUM104 - Music Appreciation

In this course, you'll understand how to appreciate music by learning about the roles of the composer and the listener, the principles of music theory and instrumentation, musically significant historical periods, and varying styles of music.


  • Identify the building blocks of music a composer can use to create a piece, such as rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form, and timbre
  • Explain the evolution of Western music through history, from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century
  • Differentiate between the music of the baroque era and the musical styles of previous time periods
  • Recognize the major characteristics of classical music, including form, melody, and instrumentation
  • Discuss the musical trends and innovations that occurred during the romantic era
  • Trace the evolution of American popular music in the twentieth century
  • Recognize the influence of world music on modern Western composition

Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Experience Music, Fourth Edition


ENG115 - Introduction to Literature

This course will allow you to develop your critical thinking skills and broaden your knowledge of the main genres of literature — fiction, poetry, and drama.


  • Explain how to effectively read fiction for both knowledge and enjoyment
  • Identify different styles and forms of poetry
  • Use what you've learned in this course to discuss, write about, and understand literature
  • Prepare a critical interpretation of fiction or poetry based on what you've learned in this course
  • Discuss how literary dramas differ from fiction and poetry
  • Identify different strategies of critical literary analysis

In this course you’ll learn basic skills for DC theory and AC theory related to circuits, learn the electrical measurement skills needed to build a circuit, as well as learn how to create schematic drawings using AutoCAD.


  • Apply basic skills to complete experiments with basic DC theory
  • Apply basic skills to complete experiments with basic AC theory
  • Apply electrical measurement skills to build a circuit using a simulation program
  • Design a resonant circuit using a simulation program
  • Create schematic drawings of a residential building floor plan with an electrical system layout and electronic diagrams using AutoCAD

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Associate Degrees from Penn Foster College are awarded under licensing from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Penn Foster College Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster College has been nationally accredited for over 40 years, and has met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in Washington, D.C. Penn Foster College has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations and licensing. We also participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

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As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, Microsoft® Office 2019 or Microsoft 365®, and an email account to complete this program.
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